SBT GRVL Announces SBT VRTL Ride Experience


A community ride experience free for all to participate with donations benefiting advocacy partners 

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo., (June 17, 2020) – SBT GRVL, a world-class gravel bike experience presented by Canyon Bicycles, is launching a new virtual ride in place of the canceled August event. SBT VRTL is a free community ride experience that will be held on Sunday, August 16, with participants choosing where, when and how long to ride. 

Riders take to the gravel roads surrounding Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the inaugural SBT GRVL Race. Photo by Wil Matthews, courtesy SBT GRVL.

“After announcing the cancellation of our event, we knew we wanted to still create a memorial gravel experience for everyone and couldn’t just leave this amazing gravel community without a goal on their calendars.” said Ken Benesh, co-founder and race director of SBT GRVL. “SBT VRTL will give new to experienced gravel riders from around the world a chance to participate in an epic day, stay connected with fellow riders and give back to our bike and local communities.”

Leading with the core value of inclusivity, SBT VRTL will be open to all, regardless if riders were registered for the original event. Participants will be able to choose any of the four distances from SBT GRVL (GREEN 37 miles, RED 64 miles, BLUE 103 miles or BLACK 144 miles) and can ride inside or outside, solo or with family. Riders can select a local route they know or the SBT GRVL team has created suggested routes for 34 cities across the USA, and will unveil these routes beginning in July.  

Furthering its pillar of advocacy, SBT VRTL will give riders the ability to give back to Steamboat Springs and cycling community nonprofits.  Participants who want to support SBT GRVL’s advocacy partners will have the opportunity to make donations upon registration and leading up to the August event. Any donation of $1 or more will enter riders to win a number of prizes from sponsors throughout the summer and on the day of the virtual ride event. Those riders not currently deferred to SBT GRVL 2021 will have the opportunity to guarantee their registration and entry into the 2021 event by donating $50 or more to any of SBT GRVL’s designated advocacy partners which include People for Bikes, NICA GRIT, Alpine Bank, Community Agriculture Alliance, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Boys and Girls Club of Northwest Colorado. 

Registration for SBT VRTL is now open and can be completed by following this link. The SBT GRVL team urges all participants to continue to adhere to safety precautions in their areas. 

Stay tuned for suggested route announcements by following SBT GRVL on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. For additional information, please visit

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